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https://scontent-b-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/t1.0-9/10291805_10203831677820179_7758164784916593507_n.jpg

Encountering a mortally-wounded B-17 limping back to England, Luftwaffe ace Franz Stigler anticipated an easy kill and another opportunity to avenge his brother’s death at the opening of WWII. As he approached the virtually helpless American plane, however, he saw the faces of the dead and wounded crewmen. Then, Stigler’s eyes met those of pilot Charles Brown. Despite the potentially severe consequences of letting an enemy plane escape, Stigler felt that he had to answer a higher call of honor . . . mercy.

Expecting the worst at any moment, Brown marveled as the enemy Bf-109 stuck with him to the North Sea. His adversary then saluted and veered away, allowing the astonished Brown to journey safely home. With this encounter engraved into the minds of both pilots for decades after the war’s end, the two men remarkably located one another in 1990. In the years that followed, their friendship developed to the point where Stigler considered Brown to be as precious as the brother he had lost.

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that is a fantastic story of the "humanity" exhibited in wartime. thanks for posting. it made my day.
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WOW! What a wonderful story.
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Most remarkable story  ... ! This year I'll be taking the family (for the third consecutive time [biggrin]) to Normandy my 8 year old son allways asks me "over and over"  who where the "bad" guys" and were they allways bad ! ...Difficult for an eight year old to understand ! ... stories like these help ... !!!!! thank you for sharing [thumb]
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Great story! Love the print also. What's the name of the print, if you happen to know it that is. Would love to get a copy.
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Sorry neil i dont have the info, It is a nice print though i will see if i can find out
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I found this Neil A Higher Call
December 20, 1943
by John D. Shaw

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NAVIGATOR of the B-17 "YE OLDE PUB" during the encounter with Franz Stigler 
on the December 20, 1943 mission!
 
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It is a nice print, and a great story too !

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You have maybe seen this, but if not..
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I found this Neil A Higher Call
December 20, 1943
by John D. Shaw

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NAVIGATOR of the B-17 "YE OLDE PUB" during the encounter with Franz Stigler 
on the December 20, 1943 mission!
 

Thanks Gr4h4m

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Here is John Shaws Site. Some fantastic artwork!!

http://www.libertystudios.us/artwork/

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whew. the story, the video of the pilots meeting, and the artist have brought me to tears through that story and the artwork images.that is intense as a demonstration of humanity in war.
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I think it was triple ww2 ace Bud Anderson said something to the effect that war was just between the machines. The men were just stuck in the middle.
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Been doing some reading about this wonderful encounter.

http://www.robertswindholz.com/docs/charleybrown.pdf

and there here is a 7 page interview with German pilot Franz Stigler.

http://109lair.hobbyvista.com/articles/pilots/stigler/stigler.htm

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